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Mother, father fatally shot in Princeville

Two people were shot to death in the Edgecombe County town of Princeville Sunday evening, police said.

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TARBORO, N.C. — Princeville police are investigating the shooting deaths of a mother and father who were killed inside their Edgecombe County home Sunday night.

Chief Joey Petway said Monday that 911 operators received a report of gunfire around 8:24 p.m. at a house at 307 Geddie Ave.

Officers found Quantellis Carr, 33, and his girlfriend, Jasmine Chesson, 31, dead inside. None of the couple’s five children – three of whom were from previous relationships – was home at the time.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Princeville police at 252-641-7911.

Investigators have not offered a motive for the crime, but family members and friends said Monday that they have no idea why anyone would want to hurt the couple.

"He would never bother anybody. He was so nice. If he could do anything for you, he would," Carr’s sister, Chemere Carr, said. "They were good people. I just don’t understand why anyone would do this to them."

Family members said the couple had been shot in the head and that police told them that there was no forced entry into the home – leading investigators to believe the victims knew their killer or killers.

"I think it’s terrible. I think it’s heartless. I think it’s cruel," Chesson’s friend, Beatrice Pitt, said. "I think that whoever did it, whenever they catch them – and I most definitely hope they catch them – I think that they need to suffer the same way that they made them suffer."

Geraldine Batchelor, who lives next door to the couple, said she heard what sounded like shattered glass at the time of the shooting.

She said the couple was quiet but had a lot of visitors.

"I'd see cars coming and going, coming and going," she said. "For why, I don't know."

Chemere Carr said her brother had been released from jail last May after serving 18 months in prison for a drug conviction but that he had been working to turn around his life for his family.

Both he and his girlfriend were out of work, she said.

The children are now in the care of other family members.

"I just don't understand why anyone would do this to them," Chemere Carr said. "Now these kids have to suffer. We're all they have left."

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